Sri Lanka to screen visitors at the airport for malaria

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have launched a surveillance programme at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake to detect possible cases of the Malaria entering the country.

The measure is aimed at achieving the goal of the campaign to eradicate malaria from the country by 2015.

Quoting Director of the Anti-Malaria Campaign, Dr. S. L. Deniyage, the national news agency Lankapuwath reported that all arriving passengers are screened at the airport for possible Malaria.

According to Dr. Deniyage, last year, 52 passengers infected with Malaria had arrived in Sri Lanka.

The United Nations has set year 2015 to eradicate malaria deaths globally. Sri Lanka reduced malaria deaths to zero in 2009.

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